Umdnj/Msn courses to take per semester..pls help-

  1. Hi all,
    I am starting my MSN FNP program this coming Spring 2011 and would like to know what classe combination I can take for this semester without killing myself. I did register for Advance patho, Advance health ass, Clinical Pharma and Mental health...of course with a idea to drop before the beginning of the semester but want to take 2 classes this semester ...Which one do you suggest me to take. All courses are In classroom not online.
    Is Mental Health + adv Assem a good combination, and take in summer ADV Patho and Pharma...?
    What do you think? Please help, I will really appreciate your input..

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  3. by   meg2465
    Hi, I am in the ACNP program there, and I have taken all of these classes already.

    It depends on your strengths and the amount of time you have to study. Also, the professors are fairly uneven in terms of what they expect out of you.

    Mental health was fairly laid back. I did not have a difficult time with the path class, but many people in my class struggled. The pharma class was quite time intensive with the research, you're going to spend a lot of time staring at CINAHL. And the health assessment class was a nightmare, all it taught me was to hate doing H&Ps. Nobody in my class had a very good go of it.

    Honestly, if you have any obligations outside of school - a job, a home, a family - I would recommend taking one class a semester, at least for this first semester. The degree will be there when you get there, the time will go by faster than you think, and you'll give yourself a chance to actually absorb the material, so you'll be better prepared for clinical when you get there.

    Congratulations, and best of luck!
  4. by   dodo102
    Hi Meg2456 for your reply,
    I was thinking to take 3 classes for this Spring 2011: Adv Assessement, clinical pharma (classroom) and Mental Health (online) and take patho+ Research in Summer. Of course , i have a family and a full time job at the ER. What do you think? My idea is to be able to start my speciality in Fall.
  5. by   meg2465
    I understand your desire to start clinical in the fall. My guess is that FNP does the same thing with the specialty classes and only offers them once a year. It's very tempting.

    The problem with taking on that many credits a semester as a working adult is that you leave yourself no wiggle room. If the car breaks down, a kid gets sick, or the schedule at work poses a conflict, you can't flex anywhere to come up with a solution. And make no mistake, the school does not care about whether you work or have outside commitments. They spell that out in the student handbook.

    If you take one course a semester, you can start your specialty in fall of 2012, and you'll have given yourself half a chance to be ready for it. No need to make yourself insane trying to do it all at once. That extra year will go by pretty fast, and you won't be miserable and stressed out all the time. Just sometimes.

    Best of luck, no matter what you decide to do. And Happy New Year.
  6. by   elena121
    Dear Meg

    I am curious to know what did you decided back in Spring?
    How did it go?

    I am starting this fall and I registered for 2 classes at UMDNJ and another class somewhere else.

    The reason is known: Want to be able to start specialty classes next fall 2013.

    Your input (anybody's input) is highly appreciated.
  7. by   NJprisonrn
    hi guys. are you enjoying umdnj? i am considering doing their fnp program ft when i get done my bsn. i figure why not go full force while i can. what are the clinicals like? do you need to find your own preceptors?

    thanks. good luck.